In another installment of our Data Series we look at the most prolific touchdown scorers in Texas FBS history. A few surprises on this list, including a couple of guys that we forgot about. We feel shame, forgive us for our indiscretion. Enjoy guys who crossed the goal more than anyone else in Texas.
Ricky Williams, Texas 75 Touchdowns from 1995-98
Ricky Williams put together two gigantic touchdown seasons at Texas. In 1997 and 1998 Williams scored 25 and 28 touchdowns respectively. If you took just those two years together you'd have the 42nd best career in NCAA history. When you add in the 22 he scored in 1995 and 1996 Williams becomes the fourth most prolific touchdowns scorer in NCAA history. Williams won the Heisman in '98 and basically every other major award offered that year.
Taurean Henderson, Texas Tech 69 Touchdowns from 2002-05
We had to check on this because to be honest we had no idea Henderson was this high. His 69 touchdowns is good enough for seventh all-time in the NCAA. Henderson was a great multipurpose back at Texas Tech catching 303 passes and rushing for fifty touchdowns. He put together four seasons of 730 rushing yards or more and he caught 60 or more passes four straight years with the distinction of a four different starting quarterbacks (Kingsbury, Symons, Cumbie, and Hodges). In 2002 Henderson caught an amazing 98 passes including 55 in a five game stretch, fourth most in the NCAA.
Cedric Benson, Texas 64 Touchdowns from 2001-04
Midland Lee's Cedric Benson was a consistent touchdown scorer each of his four years at Texas. He had double digit touchdowns rushing in each of his four seasons including 21 in 2003. In 2003 Benson had fifteen touchdowns in his last five games. In 2004 he ran over Oklahoma State for five scores. His 64 touchdowns is good enough for eleventh all time.
Jarett Dillard, Rice 60 Touchdowns from 2005-08
Jarret Dillard holds the distinction of being the receiver with the most touchdown receptions all time in the NCAA, eight more than the second place receiver. He also is the only player on this list that wasn't a running back. As a sophomore Dillard caught a touchdown pass in every game including four games with three scores. For his career Dillard had a streak of fifteen straight games with at least one touchdown catch. His sixty touchdowns are good enough for sixteenth all time.
LaDainian Tomlinson, TCU 56 Touchdowns from 1997-00
Hall of Fame LT comes in at 31st in NCAA history and sixth in Texas FBS history with 56 scores. Tomlinson had 42 scores his last two seasons in Fort Worth. He led the NCAA with 20 touchdowns in 1999. In 2000 Tomlinson scored at least one touchdown in every game including seven games of two or more.
James Gray, Texas Tech 52 Touchdowns from 1986-89
The great James Gray comes in with 52 touchdowns all-time. Gray put together three straight seasons of double digit touchdowns. He scored 20 total touchdowns in 1989. He twice led the SWC in rushing touchdowns in 1988 and 1989 and finished second in 1987. He is forever the All-Time leading touchdown scorer in Southwest Conference history. His son Jonathan went on to play at Texas a score eighteen career touchdowns.
John Harvey, UTEP 51 Touchdowns from 1985-88
UTEP great John Harvey's 51 touchdowns are good enough for 53rd all time and seventh All-Time among Texas FBS players. Harvey's 1987 season was good enough for 3rd in the NCAA that season as he rushed for sixteen scores and caught another two. He also put together his only thousand yard rushing season in '87. Harvey had double digit touchdowns his last three years at UTEP.
Jorvorskie Lane, Texas A&M 50 Touchdowns from 2005-08
Big Jorvoski Lane did most of his damage in three seasons at Texas A&M. The Lufkin Panther scored 45 of his fifty touchdowns in his freshman, junior, and senior season. In 2005 and 2006 Lane had 35 scores. Lane's senior season he was in the coach's dog house with just 35 carries and five scores. In 2006 Lane scored in eleven of Texas A&M's thirteen games.
Lance Dunbar, North Texas 49 Touchdowns from 2008-11
Former Mean Green and Dallas Cowboy running back Lance Dunbar's 49 touchdowns is good enough for ninth most in Texas FBS history and 72nd in the NCAA. Of his 49 scores, 47 came in his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons. Dunbar's most prolific year was 2009 when he scored nineteen times for North Texas. Dunbar signed with Texas as an undrafted free agent and stuck for five seasons before signing with the Rams this last offseason.
Eric Dickerson, SMU 48 Touchdowns from 1979-82
Sealy Tiger Eric Dickerson scored 48 touchdowns from 1979 to 1982 for the great Pony Express. 36 of those scores came in '81 and '82. He finished second in the NCAA in touchdowns in 1981 and third in 1982. His nineteen touchdowns in 1981 are still a school record while his seventeen touchdowns in 1982 sit second in school history.